Today marks a new chapter in my life’s journey. Fair warning: it’s about to get real.
After almost 10 years of working at IMG in the corporate world, I am taking some time off to focus on family during the early years and to start a little business of my own at the same time. To say this was a difficult decision is an understatement. It has been a lot of weighing options, looking at pros and cons, and going back and forth about where we ultimately wanted to be. But in the end, it’s my gut that led me to this decision. And it feels so good and so right.
I recently looked back on some journal entries I had 4-6 years ago. At the time, I was SO TORN about the direction of my life. In my mid to late twenties, I was thriving on youth and success…and I wanted as much as possible. I didn’t think I could have kids and focus on a career — I knew that either my career or my children would pay the price. The funny thing is, I still come to that same realization. I can’t have both. But what I want is so different than what I thought I wanted during those earlier journal entries. From the moment I learned I was pregnant, my entire world shifted. I know that sounds so cliche, but it is the only way to describe it. Since becoming a mother, I no longer thrive on self-fulfilling elements….I truly care only for enriching the life of my son and family.
While being the best mom I can be is obviously the MOST important thing to me, there are other dreams I am seizing at the same time. It’s been my ultimate dream to build and run a business of my own, so this opportunity is an incredibly exciting moment for me. It is definitely going to be quite a journey, and I’m not sure where it will go. Will it be a success or a failure? Will I be happy out of the corporate world or miserable? Will I have the time to be a mother and build a business? There’s still a lot of unknowns and lot of work to do, but I am excited for the challenge… and happy for the chance to be doing it while giving my son everything he deserves.
I hope to use this blog as a sounding board for my journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all. It may not be pretty, but hopefully it’s true to me.
As I close this chapter, here’s a fun look at some of my fondest memories from my decade with IMG (they could literally go on and on). I am eternally grateful for the lifelong friends I have met all over the globe and the amazing business skills I have gained along the way. I am a richer person in the ways it matters most.